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Issue No. 01 - February (1996 vol. 16)
ISSN: 0272-1732
pp: 12-18
A Cluster is a parallel computing system constructed by interconnecting standard computers. The parallel performance of a cluster is often limited by performance compromises in conventional high-performance networks. This article discusses the benefits of a more specialized networking approach and the resulting design of a low-cost, high-performance interconnect optimized specifically to enhance both the parallel performance and high-availability aspects of a cluster. This interconnect, Memory Channel for PCI, attaches to the industry-standard PCI bus found in most computers. The first-generation product, running on a standard Digital UNIX Cluster, can provide cluster communication latency and overhead improvements of 100 and 1000 times respectively compared to conventional networks.
parallel computers, networks, interconnects, Memory Channel

R. B. Gillett, "Memory Channel Network for PCI," in IEEE Micro, vol. 16, no. , pp. 12-18, 1996.
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